A Leading Perspective

Pragmatic insights for the leader in you

What’s In Your Garden?

“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Galatians 6:7 You’ve got the space and the vision. You were lucky enough to inherit a few mature gems and, in your search for new wonders, you find some just budding. You stumble across some with great potential and discover some…

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Not Just Another Walk in the Park

Who would have thought there would be a jackass in the middle of an Alaskan Forest? Have you ever had one of those days when things don’t go as planned and, because of your bullheaded decisions, they just get worse? This happened to me recently when I went for a “walk” in Chugach State Park with…

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Work Should Be Like PaiGow

Ahh, Vegas – how we love to hate you! You’re hot, you’re sleazy, you’re crowded, you’re expensive and you cheat…of course we hate you! The annual SHRM conference was held in Las Vegas this year and over 15,000 attendees gathered to learn more about their profession. I have been to Vegas for conferences before but this is the first time…

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So, You Don’t Believe In God

Hi folks.  The following is a poem I wrote and delivered for the SHRM Poetry Slam – a fundraiser for No Kid Hungry. If you missed the event, you can still help us feed children – just donate here.  The event was phenonemal…I was among peers and GIANTS in the field. It was humbling to…

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Bullying Should Be A Losing Hand

I’m here at the Annual SHRM Conference – we’re in Vegas! As always, I’m having fun reconnecting with colleagues I haven’t seen in awhile and connecting with brand new ones. But alas, it’s not all about socializing; I need to attend the concurrent sessions too! I attended a session today on workplace bullying and was…

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Why Should You Give? Because Look What They Get!

“A grateful heart is the beginning of greatness.” James E. Faust I have been active with SHRM in one way or another since 2003 or so and, of course, know about the SHRM Foundation. I knew the Foundation did research, published its findings so we could all benefit from that research, assisted with the education and development…

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Making contacts; making progress

SHRM15 has begun, and the latest numbers puts attendees just shy of 15,500.  Whether you’re an introvert or extrovert, the sheer number of attendees at this year’s conference suggests you may meet lots of meet new people. Let me rephrase that, you SHOULD meet LOTS of new people. If you look up from your phone,…

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No Kid (Should Be) Hungry

“Give when you can, my dear, because you’ve taken when you’ve had to.” Carol Strider (my mother) Have you ever had a headache so bad that you can’t concentrate? I have; I was hungry. Have you ever felt the paradox of heaviness in your limbs and lightness in your head…so much so that the confusion leaves…

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What goes on in Vegas shouldn’t stay in Vegas

So, you’re headed to the SHRM Annual Conference which means you’re going to the surface of the sun in late June. Congratulations, I think.  🙂 In all seriousness, you’ve made a huge investment of time and money to go to this conference; let’s make sure you get the most out of it! 1. Download the SHRM15 app on your…

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It’s not the Action, it’s the Reaction

“It’s not important how you came to things…what is important is how you deal with them.” I heard that the other day but didn’t give it much thought at the time. However, it kept coming back to me. It’s not important how you came to things…what is important is how you deal with them. That’s…

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